Posts Tagged ‘ Proclamation on the Family ’

Female Education (Weekend Poll)

September 28, 2013
Female Education (Weekend Poll)

Studies show very clearly that the higher the education level for women, the fewer children they have.  Yet women in the church are encouraged to focus on motherhood while also getting as much education as possible.  A recent Catholic article outlined six reasons women should not be sent to college. By contrast, why does the […]

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Why talk of the Divine Feminine isn’t helping, or I WANT TO SCREAM!

September 12, 2013
Why talk of the Divine Feminine isn’t helping, or I WANT TO SCREAM!

I am disturbed by the view that there even is such a thing as the divine feminine, and presumably it’s counterpart, the divine masculine. If our Heavenly Mother embodies the divine feminine, then presumably our Heavenly Father embodies the divine masculine. If they are then our role models, are we to become like them, divinely […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 29 Comments »

The Cult of Motherhood

February 12, 2013
The Cult of Motherhood

I recently read an article in The Nation called “I’m Not Mother First.”  I also just finished reading Betty Friedan’s well-known tome, The Feminine Mystique, a book that turns 50 years old this year.  As I read the Feminine Mystique, there were several times when the cultural observations seemed anachronistic to me.  I have sometimes […]

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Posted in Agency, Education, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

Is Gender Really Eternal?

November 26, 2012
Is Gender Really Eternal?

The Proclamation on the Family states that “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”  We know that gender is related to genitalia, but sometimes that can be a bit confusing. I talked previously about Intersex individuals, and TLC has a show (also available on Netflix) called Strange Sex.  […]

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Gender and Intersexuals

May 7, 2012
Gender and Intersexuals

Mormonism is a unique religion in it’s belief about gender.  The Proclamation on the Family states that “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”  But what happens when gender isn’t so clear cut? MSNBC has an interesting article about Intersexuals: people in which the “exact gender of the […]

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Gay Son + Insensitive Ward (You’re the Bishop Poll #12)

November 26, 2011
Gay Son + Insensitive Ward (You’re the Bishop Poll #12)

Your local community has a ballot initiative to uphold the traditional definition of marriage, and you’ve been asked as bishop to support the measure.  During this same time frame, you notice a reliable elderly couple has suddenly stopped coming to church. They had previously been very active, but are now conspicuously absent from the pews during sacrament meeting. You drop […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 62 Comments »

Policy vs. Doctrine

February 1, 2011
Policy vs. Doctrine

In discussions on the bloggernacle, the subject of how change happens in the church often comes up.  We often talk past either other when it comes to defining “changes” within the church.  There seem to be different views about policy vs. doctrine and why change happens in the church: View 1:  Policy changes are just […]

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Why Don’t Men Care About Sexism?

January 4, 2011
Why Don’t Men Care About Sexism?

A few weeks ago, I did a couple of posts on Sexism.  One thing that the ensuing discussion made me think about is why more men don’t care about feminism, which reminds me of a joke they did on Cheers years ago.  Rebecca asks Sam why “more men” don’t send flowers.  Airheaded Sam replies, “Mormons can’t send flowers?  I didn’t know […]

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The World is Sexist, Part 2: Our Bodies

November 2, 2010
The World is Sexist, Part 2:  Our Bodies

I have seen the enemy, and the enemy is us. Our own bodies seem to be a part of the problem of inequality.  While women and men can have equal intelligence, work skills, emotional intelligence, and work experience, there are still some inherent physical differences.  Women tend to have smaller physical frames than men (rendering them […]

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The World is Sexist, Part 1: Inherited Sexism

October 26, 2010
The World is Sexist, Part 1:  Inherited Sexism

“The world is sexist, but there are no new sexists being born.”  This idea from a friend helped me to understand the disparity between living in a culture that was created based on sexist assumptions and the actual rare encounter with people who are openly and unabashedly sexist.  In this post, I’d like to explore the […]

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Friday Poll: E. Packer’s Revised Talk

October 15, 2010
Friday Poll:  E. Packer’s Revised Talk

Just a quick recap. E. Packer gave a talk in General Conference that many considered controversial.  Controversy centered around:  1) the implication that homosexuality is a choice and homosexuals can change, and 2) that the Proclamation on the Family was canonized revelation and therefore binding to members. Fueled by recent gay teen suicides in the news, […]

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